Android KitKat on 24.5 percent of devices, but Jelly Bean is still king: Google

Android KitKat (version 4.4) has become the majority Android OS on Android devices like tablets, according to the latest data put out by Google on its blog.

Android KitKat (version 4.4) has become the majority Android OS on Android devices like tablets, according to the latest data put out by Google on its blog.

 

According to the data, Android KitKat is now running on 24.5 percent of Android devices. However if you add all versions of Jelly Bean, you can see that Jelly Bean is still running on more Android devices.

 

The numbers of Jelly Bean are as follows: Version 4.1. is on 25.1 percent devices (higher than Android 4.4. KitKat), while 4.2. is on 20.7 percent devices and version 4.3 is running on 8 percent devices.

 

This data reflects devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and higher. Each snapshot of data represents all the devices that visited the Google Play Store in the prior 7 days.

 

Ice-cream sandwich is on 9.6 percent devices, behind Android 2.3 which is known as Gingerbread and is running on 11.4 percent devices. It should be noted that this data reflects devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and higher. According to Google though in August, 2013, devices running Android versions older than 2.2 accounted for about 1 percent of devices that checked in to Google servers.

 

The latest numbers are a big boost for Android KitKat. Previously in July 17.9 percent of devices were running Android KitKat.

 

Google's Android has always faced criticism that very often users were stuck on the older versions, since OEM's would not launch updates on time. Now it seems that this problem has been correct to some extent as a majority of users being on Jelly Bean and Android KitKat. With the launch of Android One, Google is expected to sort this out more, as it has promised that Android One phones will receive the latest updates much faster.

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